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Parkrand / MVRDV

  • 01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Parkrand / MVRDV
Parkrand / MVRDV, © Rob't Hart
© Rob't Hart

© Rob't Hart © Rob't Hart © Rob't Hart © Rob't Hart + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Geuzenveld, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Category

  • Partners in Charge

    Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
  • Area

    35000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Proyect Team

    Sandor Naus, Marc Joubert, Anet Schurink, Jeroen Zuidgeest, Marin Kulas, Sven Thorissen, Joanna Gasparski, Jaap van Dijk, Gabriella Bojalil, Arjan Harbers
  • Facilitary Office

    W.M.B., Nijmegen NL
  • Structure

    Pieters Bouwtechniek
  • Delft NL

    Jan Versteegen
  • Services and building physics

    Cauberg Huygen Rotterdam NL
  • Graphic design signage

    Thonik, Amsterdam NL
  • Face Brick Stone Collaborator

    Royal Tichelaar Makkum NL
  • Design/furnishing of the outdoor “interior” space

    Richard Hutten, Rotterdam NL
  • Budget

    EUR 28.5 Million
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Floor Plan 2
Floor Plan 2

“Buurt 9” (Neighbourhood 9) forms part of the garden cities west of Amsterdam. It consists of 174 standard small housing units, located in three L-shaped buildings and positioned next to a small park.

The new design relocates the housing into one compact but impressive volume thereby conserving more space for the park. The proportions of the outline for the block, 135 m long by 34 m high and 34 m deep, could be considered as mansion-like in relation to the even more spacious park. A new ‘country estate’ arises that adds character to the park.

© Rob't Hart
© Rob't Hart

The programme includes five towers that are sandwiched between a large, raised communal patio and a series of rooftop penthouses. This creates an open and airy block, and offers different views from all directions. The semi-public patios is raised so that its overlooks the park.

© Rob't Hart
© Rob't Hart

The garden offers protection from rain and wind, secured access, and more intimate spaces and playgrounds. It will be used more frequently and by different people than the park. This area becomes a central space for the inhabitants, an outdoor ‘living room’. This idea is accentuated by the use of soft furniture, decorative walls, ceiling and floor finishes, plants, and ‘chandeliers’.

© Rob't Hart
© Rob't Hart

The towers are positioned in such a way that they do not block views from the neighbourhood to the park. They also allow all of the apartments a view to the park and an orientation to the sun. This is achieved by perforating the roof plate in three places.

Section 1
Section 1

The perforations are repeated at the ground floor, forming two courtyards that offer light, view and access to the apartments on the first level.With these techniques, the Parkrand building adds both more ‘garden’ and more ‘city’ to the developing Western Garden Cities of Amsterdam. It continues in the optimistic architectural tradition that characterizes the history of these neighborhood

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Cite: "Parkrand / MVRDV" 01 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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